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Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys Volans)

Special Significance of the Species

G. volans is not a species of public or socio-economic importance. It is not well known mainly due to its nocturnal habits. Most public sightings occur at home or cottage backyard bird feeders or in attics where G. volans may nest. Throughout much of its range in the United States, G. volans may be regarded as a common arboreal sciurid often perceived as a pest species.

Southern flying squirrels are regularly sold as pets in the U.S. and seem to be successfully reared in captivity. In Canada it is illegal to possess southern flying squirrels as pets but there is no information on any illegal pet trade.